The beginning of our Bengal adventure started with Dehra (photo to the left) and her three cubs Basera, Sajiba & Lajuka who arrived at Lincolnshire Wildlife Park in January 2015 in need of a new home. Even with this being one of the biggest commitments for Steve to make, he took on the task and housed them in our new Animal Holding Enclosure, while raising funds to be able to build their amazing new enclosure “Bengal Gardens“.
Tigers are fascinating creatures and no Tiger has the same stripes as the next, the special white markings on the back of their ears act as ‘eyes in the back of their head’ to warn off other challengers and give the impression that they are always watching! Find out more amazing facts about the Bengal Tigers when visiting their enclosure.
America’s very own ‘Big Cat’ prowls into Lincolnshire Wildlife Park! This gorgeous cat named Nigel… slightly unconventional but quite appropriate to his characteristics; will be on show at Lincolnshire Wildlife Park late 2016. We do not have a date at the moment as it is important that he is settled and happy before being put on display to the public. Keep looking on social media & our website for more details as we progress. Nigel is quite an old boy with impaired sight in one eye, making him quite timid but also very gentle. Puma’s originate from America, and were spotted at such widespread areas that they got given many different names by local tribes & explorers; known as a cougar, mountain lion, Florida panther or Catamount. In-fact, there are actually over 80 different names for these cats & unlike most other species they do not live in packs, they prefer a solitary lifestyle.
Clarence & Kola were the first Ring-tailed Lemurs to arrive at the park in 2009 as a pair, and every year since they have provided us with twins, with the exception of 2014 with one single pup. This gentle species are one of the focuses of our animal experience packages as they are such a pleasure to interact with. Watch them leap from branch to branch with such ease and read about their interesting habitat on the remote island of Madagascar. Lemurs are highly social primates which are often seen living in groups of 17 and above, they are female dominant which means the males do not really get a look in until the females say so! Although you’ll see them swinging from branches, they are often ground-dwellers seen foraging for food. They are extremely vocal, using different calls to alert danger & using scent to mark dominance.
Just ‘down the road’ from Ozzy our Emu you will find our reindeer, three lovely ladies living in the woods of Ivanvale Nature Reserve. These interesting creatures are very timid and wary of people at first, until they get to know you. They have taken a particular liking to Steve, Lincolnshire Wildlife Park’s CEO… following him all around the enclosure when he visits and occasionally sneaking up on him when he’s not looking to see what he’s up to! Reindeer are mainly from arctic tundra’s, and have some very interesting qualities. Their hoof pads soften and widen in warmer weather to walk with ease on the soft ground, in colder weather their pads shrink exposing their sharp hoofs which are able to dig into the ice for extra grip. Their antlers are like a human’s fingerprints, no Reindeer’s antlers are the same!
Our Brazilian Tapir is named Cecil and contrary to his species, he is very gentle and friendly. Tapir originate in the wet Brazilian and South American rain-forests and are very agile and great swimmers and divers; despite their ‘heavy’ physique! Tapir are related to the rhinoceros and have special splayed toes to help them walk through soft muddy grounds, such as those near the waters edge. A visit to Lincolnshire Wildlife Park means you will be able to see just how lovely Cecil is when he comes over to greet you, see his amazing features & watch him cool off and bathe in his pool. You could even book an experience to go inside his enclosure for an amazing ‘selfie’ moment & feed him. He has regular medicated baths for his dry skin condition, a very common problem for Tapir; so you could also have the chance to give him a wash and brush!
One of the most popular animals in most Park’s are Meerkats, they are very interesting and humorous to watch while they dig & play. Their enclosure at our Park is designed with play in mind for these little creatures…visit Meerkat Wild Western Town. Witness our Meerkats stumbling out of Cleo’s Tequila Bar or digging in the cowboy’s graveyard, you’ll also see them enjoy an afternoon siesta in the barn! You can buy Meal Worms from reception to feed to these furry little relatives of the Mongoose; they’ll run up to you for that special close-up photo. Not only is their enclosure interesting but it is designed with all in mind, with low viewing points for children and wheelchair users. In the wild one of the most important jobs is that of the sentry, who is the ‘look-out’ of the gang. They find a high point to look out over the African plains & alert the others of any danger from predators.
The Coatimundi is a mammal only found in America and lives in the dense forests and wet jungles across the Country. Generally speaking a Coatimundi is nocturnal and eats during night-time; but our cheeky family can be seen all through the daytime, playing and jumping around their enclosure. Our male Coatimundi arrived first and then a couple of years later, a female needed re-homing so we took her in too… since then, they have provided us with three playful pups! On your visit you will see how curious they are as they dig around the enclosure. They mainly forage in the forests for insects, roots and plants but they are also very good climbers, often picking fruits from the trees. They may look cute and cuddly but Coatimundi are notoriously nasty in the wild and can give a very painful bite!
At Lincolnshire Wildlife Park we have a pair of Asian Small-clawed Otters, also known as Malaysian or Oriental small-clawed or Asian clawless Otters. They are extremely cute but extremely shy and love to swim in their pool and hide in the reeds. With rocks to play with and grasses to roll around in, their enclosure is a haven for their species. They have very aquatic features, including long streamlined bodies, webbed paws & small round ears which close when under water. Their fur is very dense for warmth, meaning these mammals are extremely versatile in most weathers… although ours do love their cosy nest boxes packed out with straw. The animal keepers usually feed them near the viewing points of their enclosure so watch out for them impatiently waiting for their fishy treats!
One of the newest additions to Lincolnshire Wildlife Park is our Capybara named Primrose, who came to us from Drayton Manor Park in need of a new home. She is quite timid and quiet and does not get on well with other female Capybara’s, so she now lives with our Tapir & two Greater Rhea’s happily over on the Nature Reserve. Capybara are large rodents, very close in relation to the Guinea Pig; who live in the forests & savannas of South America. They like to be near water and are sociable creatures, which makes our Tapir enclosure perfect for them, with plenty of space and grasses to feed on. They have heavy, barrel-like bodies with coarse reddish-brown fur and females tend to be slightly larger than males. Primrose loves to hide in the nearby bushes, so keep an eye out for her peeking at you through the leaves!